Sewer Billing Department

                                                 Sewer Billing Department
Swansea Government Center
Sewer Billing Department
1444 Boul Avenue
Swansea, IL 62226

Phone: 618-234-0044 - Press 1                                 Payment Options: In Person 
                                                                                   Automatic Withdrawal
Email: swansew@swanseail.org                                 On Line 
                                                                                   Mail
Hours: Monday through Friday                                   Night Drop
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

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Forms: ACH (Click here  )
Deduct Meter (Click here) 
Owner Liability Form (Click here) 

Information about your Sewer Bill.
Sewer bills may be paid in person at the Government Center, 1444 Boul Avenue, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There is also a 24 hour, drive-up, drop box located at the front, northeast corner of the building near the flagpole. 
  
For those customers that prefer to have their payment automatically withdrawn from their checking account on the due date, please fill out an Electronic Sewer Payment Form (Click here for form.) and attach a voided check. You can mail your forms to the Swansea Sewer Billing Department in the Government Center, 1444 Boul Avenue, Swansea, IL 62226, or you may drop them off in person or place them in the drop box. 

You may call Payment Service Network (PSN) to make a payment by phone: 1-877-885-7968.
PSN offers online bill payment via Echeck, credit card or debit card. To make an online payment click here (Convenience fees may be applied).
Summer Water Usage Adjustment
Each year the Village allows a summer usage adjustment on sewer bills for water used that does not enter the sewer system. Good examples include watering a lawn or filling a swimming pool. This adjustment is available to home owners who do not use a deduct meter. The summer usage adjustment is allowed within the following guidelines:
An application must be submitted between September 15th and October 15th in order to request the credit.
The applicant must have resided at the service address for at least one year prior to making application. Calculations are based upon the previous year’s average usage, so one year of service is required to perform the calculations.
A summer usage adjustment is calculated by determining the customer’s average consumption during the preceding year, and then determining the difference between that average and the consumption for the summer billing months. The Village then credits the account by deducting fifty percent (50%) of the difference between that average and actual summer consumption, as reported to the Village by the water company.
To apply for a summer usage deduction, please complete the following online form: 
 
Time has expired for the Summer Usage Deduction, we will no longer accept them. Please apply next year.
If you have any questions regarding your bill, please call us at 618-234-0044, Press 1 

For Village Residents:

 
Sewer charges are billed bi-monthly in two parts - Sewer Debt and Sewer Use.

The Sewer Debt charge is $ 24.80 per billing period. Every unit pays this amount to offset the sewer debt of the sewer system. Even if there was no sewer usage during a specific period, the Sewer Debt charge is billed and payable. If you buy or sell a home during the billing period, the Sewer Debt charge is pro-rated.

The Sewer Use charge is based upon the amount of water used and reported to the Sewer Billing Department by Illinois American Water Company. The assumption is made that water, once used, is discharged into the public sewer system. The Village charges Sewer Use at a rate of $2.48 per one hundred cubic feet of water used. Your bill will list the “Present” and “Previous” reading in units of one hundred cubic feet. The difference is then computed and the resulting amount is the amount due for that billing period.

For example, a present reading of 548 and previous reading of 529 would result in a consumption of 19 hundred cubic feet. At a rate of $2.48 per one hundred cubic feet, the formula becomes 19 multiplied by $2.48 = $47.12. This customer’s total sewer cost for the billing cycle would therefore be $24.80 (Sewer Debt) + $47.12 (Sewer Use) for a total of $71.92. This type of rate structure is most equitable as all users are charged a flat amount for the sewer debt, plus another charge that is calculated according to the amount of water used.

For Township Residents:

Sewer charges are billed bi-monthly in three parts - Sewer Debt, Sewer Use and Township Transport Fee.

The Sewer Debt charge is $32.24 per billing period. Every unit pays this amount to offset the sewer debt of the sewer system. Even if there was no sewer usage during a specific period, the Sewer Debt charge is billed and payable. If you buy or sell a home during the billing period, the Sewer Debt charge is pro-rated.

The Sewer Use charge is based upon the amount of water used and reported to the Sewer Billing Department by Illinois American Water Company. The assumption is made that water, once used is discharged into the public sewer system. The Village charges Sewer Use at a rate of $3.22 per one hundred cubic feet of water used. Your bill will list the "Present" and "Previous" reading in units of one hundred cubic feet. The difference is then computed and the resulting amount is the amount due for that billing period.

The Township Transport Fee is a fee that St.Clair Township charges these customers for sewer line maintenance at a rate of $4.00 per month ($8.00 bi-monthly). The fee was part of the contract negotiations between the Village of Swansea and St. Clair Township. The Village of Swansea has agreed to collect this fee on the sewer bill and forward it to St. Clair Township.

For example, a present reading of 548 and a previous reading of 529 would result in a consumption of 19 hundred cubic feet. At a rate of $3.22 per one hundred cubic feet, the formula becomes 19 multiplied by $3.22 = $61.18. This customer's total sewer cost for the billing cycle would therefore be $32.24 (Sewer Debt) + $61.18 ( Sewer Use) + $8.00 Township Transport Fee for a total of $101.42.  This type of rate structure is most equitable as all Township users are charged a flat amount for the sewer debt, a township transport fee plus another charge that is calculated according to the amount of water used. 

Options to offset usage.

If you use a lot of water that does not go into the sewer system, and you want a credit so you are not billed for it, Swansea's law requires you to prove the water did not enter the system. You do this by using a deduct meter, a water meter that attaches to an outside faucet. It then measures the water that passes through the faucet. When you purchase one, call the Government Center at (618)234-0044 and press 1, and register the meter serial number with your name and address. Whenever you want a credit for the usage recorded by the meter, you may call the Government Center or submit it online by clicking here. We take the reading, and enter an adjustment to your next bill. A meter costs approximately $90.00 to $95.00; it may not be economical if you are only going to wash your car occasionally. However, if you water your lawn extensively or have a swimming pool, it can mean a big savings on your sewer bill.

Another option offered to residents who have lived at their service location for at least one (1) year is the Annual Summer Usage Deduction. A Summer Usage Deduction is allowed to the owner of the property once each year during the fall billing cycle, provided that an application for the deduction has been submitted by the owner. The form will be posted in the Swansea Report and on this website (Click here). Just complete the form and submit it to the Swansea Government Center, 1444 Boul Avenue, Swansea, IL 62226, between September 1st and October 15th of that year.

A Summer Usage Deduction is calculated by determining the customer's average consumption during the preceding year, and then determining the difference between that average and the consumption for the summer billing months. The Village then credits the customer's sewer account by deducting fifty percent (50%) of the difference between that average and the actual consumption, as reported to the Village of Swansea by the water company.

If you have any questions regarding your bill, please call us at 618-234-0044, Press 1